I love my nightstand. It’s nothing fancy, but it has sentimental value to me. It was my mom’s when she was growing up and I also spent a summer’s day repainting it with my Nana when I was about 13.
If you have a special piece of furniture, or find something awesome second hand, a fresh coat of chalk paint can make a world of difference. It can bring new life to an old gem.
My nightstand is in great shape but the white paint and flowery handles are from when I was a kid. It needed a makeover!
This project is super easy. Slap on some chalk paint, screw on some new handles and bing, bang, boom, you’ve got yourself a new piece of furniture! With the chalk paint, you don’t even need to sand the wood.
What You’ll Need
- A damp cloth
- A paint brush
- Chalk paint of your choice (I used ArtMinds Chalk Paint in Timeless Teal from Michael’s)
- Glaze/wax (I used ArtMinds Clear Wax but you can also use other finishes for different effects)
- Furniture to paint
- New hardware, as required
Make sure to also read the instructions on your paint to see if anything varies.
- Clean – Wipe off any dust or debris from the surface of your furniture and let dry.
- Prime – If you are going from dark to light, I would suggest using a primer. I skipped this step.
- Paint – Apply coats of chalk paint, while making sure to let dry completely in between.
- Finish – Apply a thin coat of wax to prevent scratches and fading.
- Trim – Apply any new hardware.
- Wait – Don’t put anything on your furniture for a good 24 hours to make sure everything has set.
A Finished Chalk Paint Night Stand
Overall, I am super happy with how this project turned out.
The paint did come out a bit lighter than I had planned. Not sure if it was because of the paint itself, the fact I was painting over white, or I picked up the wrong container at the store. Either way, I’m proud of the results.